$65,582.40 - $100,152.00 Annually
Apr 09, 2021
Apr 23, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

Please note: This is a re-opening to expand the pool of qualified candidates. If you have already applied for this position, there is no need to re-apply unless you wish to update your application.

Arlington County's Department of Human Services (DHS) is hiring experienced Mental Health Clinicians to serve as Emergency Services Clinicians in the Client Services Entry (CSE) Bureau of the Behavioral Healthcare Division (BHD). These employees will provide comprehensive crisis intervention and stabilization, to person with serious mental illness, dual diagnoses, and acute psychiatric and substance abuse related issues to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and lengthy emergency department stays, to de-escalate and prevent future crises. Services are offered which are trauma informed, culturally competent, strengths based and needs driven, and are responsive, adaptive and respectful.

To learn more about the Department of Human Services, please visit the DHS website .

* This position is considered "essential" and is part of a team that provides this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Responsibilities may include:
  • Provide assessments and intervention in multiple settings including home, schools, juvenile justice settings, community organizations and hospital inpatient units and emergency departments;
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with BHD staff and with other agencies including police, courts, schools, magistrates, fire and rescue, Virginia Hospital Center, and other agencies involved in emergency interventions;
  • Conduct diagnostic assessments and risk analysis, utilizing a strengths-based approach;
  • Develop and implement strategies for clients and for families to alleviate crisis including time limited crisis intervention, short term counseling and/or intensive care coordination;
  • Conduct pre-admission screening for hospitalization or other diversionary services (partial hospitalization, residential, respite, intensive community services), ensuring that services are provided in the least restrictive environment;
  • Ensure high quality and timely documentation in an electronic record management system by staff.
The ideal candidate for ES staff is patient, calm, understanding, inquisitive, convincing, while often under pressure to complete the task under the allowed time limit. The candidate will have proven experience completing documentation in a timely manner to ensure that subsequent staff has the information necessary to follow up on cases. A desire and ability to work under uncertain conditions and unknown hours is essential for the Emergency Services Clinician.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria

  • A Master's degree in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Psychiatric Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing or other directly related clinical discipline which required a clinical practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic and treatment services;
  • A minimum of two years of post-master's full-time experience providing counseling and other services, to include one year minimum working with seriously mentally ill individuals in crisis; and
  • A Virginia Preadmission Screening Certification is required within 60 days of hire. See link for details: http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/behavioral-health/mental-health-services/protocols-and-procedures .
Substitution: Directly-related higher level clinical degrees may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement and one year of experience. In the case of this substitution, qualifying work experience must have been gained after the acquisition of the directly related higher level clinical degree.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Clinical license (LPC, LCSW, LCP, LMFT, LMHP) in the State of Virginia;
  • Providing services to individuals experiencing a behavioral health emergency;
  • Working with clients with co-occurring substance use disorders;
  • Prescreen certified; and/or
  • Collaborating with criminal justice partners (particularly law enforcement, correctional officers and court staff).

Special Requirements

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Must complete pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Two shifts available:
Monday -Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; or
Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. (*See below).
PRN Shift available up to 40 hours per week. Weekend, overnight, and holiday PRN shifts available.

*Emergency services with mobile response is considered "essential", and therefore, may be required to work beyond scheduled hours as needed.

Some vacancies may be filled as a temporary position and are eligible for vacation, sick leave, and holidays, but will not earn retirement benefits.

An online application is required. Your responses are required and give us additional specific information that we require to evaluate your qualifications for this position. These responses are considered part of the selection process. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


I understand that this Clinician is considered "essential" and is part of a team that provides this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and I may be required to work beyond scheduled hours as needed.
  • Yes
  • No


I am available to work the following shift(s)
  • Monday - Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  • PRN Shift available up to 40 hours per week. Weekend, overnight, and holiday PRN shifts.


Please provide the following:
  • Highest level of clinical degree earned:
  • Date of graduation:
  • Date(s) of practicum:
  • Place of practicum:
  • Responsibilities of practicum:
  • Type of License if earned:
  • State of Licensure if earned:

  • 04

    Please check if you have already earned any of the following credentials either from the Commonwealth of Virginia or from a State which is transferable to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
    • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP)
    • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)
    • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
    • Licensed Mental Health Provider (LMHP)
    • Prescreen certified for Emergency Services
    • None of the above


    Please describe any experience you have providing behavioral health emergency or crisis intervention services.


    These positions will be partnering and collaborating with community partners (particularly law enforcement, public schools, private hospitals, correctional officers and court staff). Please describe your experience working collaboratively with community partners.


    Many of the clients served have co-occurring substance use disorders. Please describe your experience working with individuals who have presented these symptoms.


    This announcement may be used to fill similar vacancies in the future. Are you sufficiently proficient in oral Spanish to interview, assess the needs of, counsel and refer Spanish speaking individuals who have limited English proficiency and who are facing a crisis?
    • Yes
    • No


    This announcement may be used to fill similar vacancies in the future. Please indicate your area(s) of interest. Check all that apply.
    • I am interested in full-time employment
    • I am interested in part-time employment

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